December 27, 2014
Similar to the way intestines pack a lot of real estate into a small area Red Bug packs it's endless turns into a small amount of acearage. It feels a bit like the bmx track kids carved into the woods behind the house. But once you get past this Red Bug actually has a lot to offer. It is technical by Florida standards with a generous amount of roots and short steep climbs/descents and those turns of course. There are also stream crossings to keep things interesting. In the end it's a lot of fun.
The forest is unique with little ponds, clear running streams, magnolia forest that's green year round and a spectacular little gully of ferns. There are a also a few saw palmettos and even a deep sandy stream crossing. The whole place feels a bit primeval like only Northern Florida can.
The best way to ride Red Bug is to link it up with Mclay Gardens across Meridian Rd and the trails past Red Bug that lead to Lake Jackson. Taken all together it's a decently long adventure. Start at Mclay and link the trails systems together heading NW.
Sometimes the best way to understand a trail system is by knowing what bike to bring. I would recommend a cross country bike for Red Bug. This is a place for old school, a steep head angle for the tight twistys. If roots hurt your soft bottom then perhaps a few inches of rear travel would be appreciated but certainly not necessary. A free ride bike would be overkill and certainly don't bring your wide bars unless you like hitting trees. Come to think of it a BMX bike might be a blast at Red Bug.